11 September 2012

Gambia: Mbye Njie Granted Bail

The vacation judge at the High Court in Banjul, Justice Marie Saine, on Monday delivered the ruling of a bail application filed before her on behalf of Mbye Njie, the former director of Operation at the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA).

The judge in her ruling granted the applicant bail in the sum of D500, 000 with two Gambian sureties, who shall enter into a recognizance in the sum of D250, 000 each. Meanwhile, the judge also ordered for the applicant to surrender all his international travel documents to the Registrar of the High Court and for him to report to the Banjul Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the trial is pending. Justice Saine further ordered that neither the applicant nor any person acting on his behalf should have any contact whatsoever with any witness or potential witness of the prosecution in this case, and as well not to even interfere in any way with the ongoing investigations in the case.

In a similar development, Mbye Njie's corruption case was also heard before the Banjul Magistrates' Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe, with the hearing of the evidence of the third prosecution witness (PW3) under cross examination by Lawyer L.K Mboge.

Testifying under cross-examination, the witness informed the court that his son (Sarjo Jallow) is presently in Basse and the said Sarjo Jallow had never appeared before any court of law since 2011. He added that he did not know whether Sarjo was able to find the accused for whom he stood for as a surety. He said he (PW3) compromised Sarjo's case with the state to be a witness in this case, as he was told to compromise for his son (Sarjo) to be released. He revealed that the D5, 000 was given to the accused for Sarjo's bail, adding that the D15, 000 was also given to the accused to settle the case. He informed the court that it's because of his son that he is in this case and not because of the D1Million bail bond his son has to pay. PW3 further stated that he knows nothing about the bail bond of the case in which his son stood as a surety.,He finally denied claims of the defence counsel that he was just fabricating evidence against the accused because of the compromise about the D1M, adding that he was on oath.

At that juncture, the case was adjourned to 12th September 2012 for continuation of hearing.

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